Entries from July 2012

Hang the Pots

July 31st, 2012 · 2 Comments

This Cadillac, Michigan seller hangs her pots all in a row (thank you) and not over the sink or middle of the kitchen (thank you).

pot rack hanging over stove refrigerator magnets kitchen Cadillac Michigan home house for sale

“We want to block the view out the window.”  [Elmira, New York]  You could take the pots down for the photo, you know.  Looks like a very nice, clean kitchen otherwise.

pot rack hanging over kitchen sink Elmira New York home house for sale

These Peoria, Arizona sellers like to hang plastic grapes and other stuff from their pot rack.

pot rack kitchen plastic grapes Peoria Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Not a bad idea.  A strip of wood and some nails.  At least you don’t hit your head on the pots and pans.

pots pans hanging on nails over stove Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Kudos to these Glendale, Arizona sellers.  Seriously.  Great job!  They still include the pot rack (with handy built-in lights too) in the spotless kitchen photo, but no stupid pots to clutter up the photo.  This is how you present a pot rack to buyers.

empty pot rack kitchen Glendale Arizona home house for sale very nice perfect real estate photo

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Tags: Staging · Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Glendale, AZ Homes · Pot Rack · Peoria, AZ Homes · Refrigerator Magnets · Other US Cities

Meet the Sellers

July 31st, 2012 · 4 Comments

This Avondale, Arizona seller says, “If the buyers don’t hurry up looking at my house, I’ll have to use a planter as a toilet.”

lady woman dog pet in real estate promotional photo Avondale Arizona home house for sale

“I’m checking out UglyHousePhotos.com to make sure my house doesn’t show up there.”

man sitting at computer person in real estate promotional photo picture Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

“Welcome.”

man person in real estate promotional photo picture Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

“Yes, welcome.  Buy my house instead.”

woman person in real estate promotional photo picture Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

The chickens and the dead tree stay with the house.

man person in real estate promotional photo picture chickens Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

“Full price offer and you can have the TV behind me.”

woman person in real estate promotional photo picture Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

“But we’re keeping the other two TV sets.”

woman person in real estate promotional photo picture Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

“It’s been so hot in Camden, New Jersey this summer.  Hurry and buy my home so I can move to Florida.”

woman person in real estate promotional photo picture Camden New Jersey home house for sale

“I folded the laundry.  Next, I’m going to spray for bugs.”  [Carlsbad, New Mexico]

man person in real estate promotional photo picture Carlsbad New Mexico home house for sale

“I remember the day they installed the carpet.  It was a sunny day in the fall of 1970.”   [another Carlsbad, New Mexico home]

man person in real estate promotional photo picture Carlsbad New Mexico home house for sale

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Tags: Carpet · Phoenix Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Wood Paneling · Other US Cities · People In Photos

It’s Tempting, But We’ll Pass

July 30th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Tempe, Arizona home with nice flooring and paint, but cluttered.

cluttered messy disorganized living room bad poor home staging Tempe Arizona house for sale

Another view of the living room.

cluttered messy disorganized living room bad poor home staging Tempe Arizona house for sale

The master bedroom.

cluttered messy disorganized master bedroom bad poor home staging Tempe Arizona house for sale

Another view.

cluttered messy disorganized master bedroom bad poor home staging Tempe Arizona house for sale

Another bedroom.  The kids need to brush up on their cleaning skills.

cluttered messy disorganized kid's bedroom bad poor home staging Tempe Arizona house for sale

As Ace Ventura said, “Don’t go in there.”  When you see 2 big toilet plungers, there is a history behind it.  Ongoing problem with the seller and/or the plumbing?

two heavy duty toilet plungers in bathroom Tempe Arizona home house for sale photo

Messy kitchen.

cluttered messy disorganized kitchen bad poor home staging Tempe Arizona house for sale

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Living Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Garbage and/or Junk · Tempe, AZ Homes

Wild, Wild Walls

July 30th, 2012 · 6 Comments

We’ll take you on a journey through four homes with artistic walls.

First stop, the dead trees house.  The seller could have branched out to more buyers with neutral paint.

dead trees branches painted on wall artistic weird bizarre strange art Phoenix Arizona home house

dead trees branches painted on wall artistic weird bizarre strange art Phoenix Arizona home house

dead trees branches painted on wall artistic weird bizarre strange art Phoenix Arizona home house

dead trees branches painted on wall artistic weird bizarre strange art Phoenix Arizona home house

There’s the inspiration for the murals:  a dead tree.

dead trees branches painted on wall artistic weird bizarre strange art Phoenix Arizona home house

Second home:  Flames of glory.  The Olympic flame?  Will buyers be fired up about this?

flames fire painted on wall artistic weird bizarre strange art Phoenix Arizona home house

Third home:  Electronic circuit board and giraffe skin on the ceiling?  It will be a pain in the neck, literally, to repaint that ceiling.

giraffe skin patches painted on ceiling artistic weird bizarre strange art Phoenix Arizona home house

Fourth home:  Hallucination mural in Glendale, Arizona.

mural painted on bedroom wall artistic weird bizarre strange art Glendale Arizona home

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Glendale, AZ Homes · Art

Gourmet Kitchen In Woodward, Oklahoma

July 29th, 2012 · 2 Comments

This gourmet kitchen will take your culinary senses to new heights.  No detail or expense was skipped.  Custom-made aged hickory wood cabinets.  Hand-crafted platinum sink.  Imported marble slab counters.  Designer china.

ugly old kitchen cabinets cluttered counters sink Woodward Oklahoma home house for sale

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Tags: Kitchen · Clutter · Fixer-Upper · Other US Cities

Beer In the Bedroom

July 29th, 2012 · No Comments

A new trend?  Keeping beer in your bedroom.  Some suds before slumber?

What’s the drinking age in Pennsylvania?  Either she’s too young to drink Bud Light or she’s getting too old for stuffed animals.  From a New Castle, Pennsylvania home.

young girl's bedroom with Bud Light beer case stuffed animals New Castle Pennsylvania home house for sale

Scene:  Medford, Oregon bedroom.  Husband to wife:  “Beer me, Babe.”

beer bottles in master bedroom Medford Oregon home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Staging · Bedroom · Stuffed Animals · Other US Cities · Bedspread

Water Leaks In Winston-Salem, North Carolina

July 29th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Something caused those stains in the carpet.  The wall looks stained too.

water stains damaged carpet wall dirty old kitchen cabinets Winston-Salem North Carolina home house

Maybe it’s time for a new kitchen?

water stains damaged carpet wall dirty old kitchen cabinets Winston-Salem North Carolina home house

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Tags: Carpet · Kitchen · Fixer-Upper · Water Damage · Other US Cities

Wall Repair

July 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Have a hole in a wall?  Patch it with expanding spray foam sealant!  Works every time!  As demonstrated in an Avondale, Arizona home.

ugly bad amateur home repair expanding spray foam sealant wall hole Avondale Arizona house

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Tags: Repairs · Other Arizona Cities

Before & After - Bye, Bye Ugly Cabinets

July 28th, 2012 · 19 Comments

Amber & Carson Eilers are Realtors in my office who buy ugly homes and renovate them.  Amber provided me with photos of a recent remodel.

Before Kitchen.  Ugh, those ugly John F. Long (builder) cabinets.  Please, Amber, get rid of them!

before after kitchen renovation remodeling ugly John F Long cabinets Phoenix Arizona home house

After Kitchen.  The cabinets are gone!

before after kitchen renovation remodeling cabinets Phoenix Arizona home house

Before Kitchen.

before after kitchen renovation remodeling ugly John F Long cabinets Phoenix Arizona home house

After Kitchen.

before after kitchen renovation remodeling cabinets Phoenix Arizona home house

Before Kitchen & Pantry.

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After Kitchen & Pantry.

before after kitchen renovation remodeling cabinets Phoenix Arizona home house

Before Family Room.  With fake brick paneling and mirror tiles.

before after renovation remodeling ugly fake brick paneling mirror tiles Phoenix Arizona home house

After Family Room.

before after renovation remodeling family room Phoenix Arizona home house

Before Swimming Pool.  Thank you, Amber, for sharing your photos with us.

ugly dirty neglected swimming pool abandoned foreclosure Phoenix Arizona home house

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Tags: Flooring · Kitchen · Pool & Spa · Remodeling · Phoenix Homes · Before & After · John F. Long cabinets

Algae & Junk

July 27th, 2012 · 10 Comments

Neglected swimming pool in Avondale, Arizona.

neglected dirty filthy algae green swimming pool Avondale Arizona home house for sale photo

Selling feature?

neglected dirty weeds back yard landscaping green algae swimming pool Avondale Arizona home house

Phoenix had a recent death due to West Nile virus (caused by mosquitoes).  Maricopa County has an environmental program to treat green pools with chemicals to kill mosquitoes.  Yes, people are living in this house, including young children.  Why risk their health?

neglected dirty weeds back yard landscaping green algae swimming pool Avondale Arizona home house

Keep everything.

lots of stuff junk family photos cluttered messy disorganized Avondale Arizona home house

Display everything.

lots of stuff junk family photos cluttered messy disorganized Avondale Arizona home house

Sell the dolls and other items to pay for pool cleaning?

lots of stuff junk cluttered messy disorganized bad poor home staging Avondale Arizona house

The least cluttered surface in the house.

lots of stuff junk cluttered messy disorganized bad poor home staging Avondale Arizona house

Why is the microwave so dirty?

lots of stuff junk cluttered messy disorganized bad poor home staging Avondale Arizona house

It’s all valuable stuff.

lots of stuff junk cluttered messy disorganized bad poor home staging Avondale Arizona house

They paid good money for it.

lots of stuff junk cluttered messy disorganized bad poor home staging Avondale Arizona house

They’re hoping for a quick sale.

lots of stuff junk cluttered messy disorganized bad poor home staging Avondale Arizona house

Their internet browser seems to have blocked all websites related to home staging.

lots of stuff junk cluttered messy disorganized bad poor home staging Avondale Arizona house

On the next episode of Sell This House

lots of stuff junk cluttered messy disorganized bad poor home staging Avondale Arizona house

There’s plenty of room on top of the dresser for more water bottles and stuff.

lots of stuff junk cluttered messy disorganized bad poor home staging Avondale Arizona house

They made their bed.

lots of stuff junk cluttered messy disorganized bad poor home staging Avondale Arizona house

Grab a shoe and go.

pink bedroom dirty walls bedroom shoe rack by the door Avondale Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Staging · Landscaping · Living Room · Family Room · Kitchen · Pool & Spa · Bedroom · Clutter · Patio · Dining Room · Back Yard · Other Arizona Cities · Garbage and/or Junk · Weeds · Collections · Family Photos · Dirt, Dust, & Filth